The ranch home is a style of architecture that originated in America in the early 20th century. Once the most popular style of home in the country, these houses offer single-story living (usually), a rectangular or L-shaped floorplan, a low-pitch roof and often have attached garages and open concept living spaces.
As seen in this stunning home from retroranchjoshuatre, ranch-style homes also often have deep overhanging eves and are typically made from stucco, wood, brick or stone. Here are even more of our favorite ranch homes.
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Traditional and Adorable
This cozy Arts and Crafts property from tara.micheledesigns is everything we love about ranch homes. It features a welcoming front porch and a pitched roof that provides loads of architectural interest. The double columns and stonework give it a more classic vibe, which is accentuated with the neutral exterior paint choice.Continue to 3 of 16 below.
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A Brick Ranch
Brick is a common exterior material used in ranch homes. This lovely little ranch from planet_wisco not only features brick siding, but also has a fun pink pathway leading up to the house. As seen in many brick homes, this house has a cozy porch that's just big enough for a small seating area, but still provides shelter by the front door.Continue to 4 of 16 below.
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A 1950s Gem
Many ranch homes were built in the mid-20th century, like this stunning white brick home from carlv12. We love the mid-century charm of the exterior detailing and the bright, cheery blue front door. Though ranch homes are often low to the ground, they can still have a lot of architectural details that give them a lot of curb appeal.Continue to 5 of 16 below.
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This quaint little ranch-style home from preferred_properties has a cozy vibe that feels almost like a little cottage in the woods. The brick exterior feels modern next to the blue front door and bright window trim, and while it doesn't have a true front porch, the winding pathway makes room for a couple of wooden benches.Continue to 6 of 16 below.
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A Ranch Retreat
Sure, there are pros and cons to a home with oversized windows, but we think the massive windows of this house from deasypenner are beyond dreamy. Not only does a ranch home often provide a wide open-style floor plan, but large, oversized windows make the whole space feel even more airy and large.Continue to 7 of 16 below.
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This angular ranch home from midmodmidwest is a quintessential mid-century modern property with an L-shaped floorplan, a lot of large windows and an open concept. We love how it gives off a super a retro feel with deep brown exterior paint and the original brick.Continue to 8 of 16 below.
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A Wide Open Porch
Just imagine sitting on this oversized porch from modern.archive.shop with a large cup of coffee and a good book. We love the geometric feel of the entire space, and the platform porch definitely plays well with the rest of the house.
While you may think a ranch means less square footage inside, these homes are often sprawling and require a good deal of land to accommodate.Continue to 9 of 16 below.
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Black Mid-Century Modern
Whether it's the moody exterior paint or the visually interesting architecture, there's just something about this home from midcenturydefined that you can't take your eyes off. The black paint on this home gives the house a modern feel, while the angular architecture lends it the retro vibe we love.Continue to 10 of 16 below.
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An Open Floor Plan
One of the best elements of a ranch home is the open-concept floor plan it typically provides. This stunning interior from briggsfreeman is wide open and airy, and really gives a new meaning to the idea of an open floor plan. Plus, the floor-to-ceiling windows create a space that feels very transitional and brings the outdoors in.
Such a wide-open space works particularly well with natural woodwork. Because it's bright and airy, the natural wood doesn't feel overly dark, and instead complements the indoor-outdoor feel.Continue to 11 of 16 below.
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This Southwestern-style home from deasypenner features white stucco and clay roofing that feels very Spanish-inspired. Though it looks cozy from the outside, the interior features a sprawling open floor plan that reminds us exactly why ranch-style homes are so great.
The single-story ranch home also helps battle heat, which is why many homes in the southwest are one story—which not only looks great, but also saves on those AC bills.Continue to 12 of 16 below.
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A Sprawling Ranch
This Californa ranch home from wattsandassociates is incredibly welcoming and homey. The L-shape floor plan allows for separation between living space and bedrooms.
While many ranch homes have an open floor plan, they also usually have the bedrooms on the opposite end of the house than the kitchen and living space.Continue to 13 of 16 below.
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A Blue Storybook Ranch
This lovely bright blue ranch from deb.codiroli is considered a storybook ranch. Also known as a Cinderella ranch, these homes feature details that seem to have been lifted directly out of a fairy tale. The adorable scalloped detailing on the eaves and the ornamental trim give it a cottage feel that's quaint and unique.Continue to 14 of 16 below.
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A Split Level
While you may think of ranches as only having a single story, there are a few alternatives. This split level house from midmodmidwest is an example of a ranch that offers up to three levels of living.
When you enter a split level, you'll go directly into the living space with the option to go up a half level or down a half level.Continue to 15 of 16 below.
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In a raised ranch like this one from artisansgroup, you'll have the choice of walking upstairs or downstairs when you first enter the home. This ranch is incredibly open and features a vaulted ceiling that opens up the space and makes it feel even larger.Continue to 16 of 16 below.
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There are many advantages of living in a single-story home like this one from curciogrouprealestate, but we think easy access to the kitchen for a late-night snack is one of the best. This traditional ranch home is just symmetrical enough to offer a lot of curb appeal, while the varying exterior materials give it texture and interest.